The Flimsy Case Against No-First Use of Nuclear Weapons
September 28, 2016
Bruce Blair, a nuclear security expert and research scholar, weighs in on why Obama’s advisors should not object to Obama’s consideration of a No-First Use Nuclear Weapons Policy. “The arguments mustered by allies and U.S. senior officials lack merit. President Obama would stand on firm ground if he chooses to make no-first-use a cornerstone of U.S. nuclear policy.

Congress Overrides Obama’s Veto of 9/11 Bill 
September 28, 2016
Congress on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override President Obama’s veto of legislation that would allow 9/11 victims’ families to sue the Saudi Arabian government over its alleged support for the terrorists who carried out the attacks. It is the first override of Obama’s presidency.

Saudi Arabia is a Partner, Not a Friend
September 30, 2016
In wake of the Congress override of Obama’s veto, Daniel Byman, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy, reminds policymakers that while the US and Saudi Arabia may share common interests, they do not share common values or a common worldview. “Saudi Arabia has made considerable progress on counterterrorism in the last 15 years, but it still has a long way to go”

Worse Than a Slaughterhouse: 250,000 Trapped in East Aleppo Amid a Devastating Bombing Campaign 
September 29, 2016
The Obama administration is threatening to cut off diplomatic talks with Russia on Syria in the wake of a devastating bombing campaign by the Syrian government and Russia in the city of Aleppo. On Wednesday, the two largest hospitals in East Aleppo were forced to close after being hit by airstrikes. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo has become worse than a slaughterhouse.

The Lessons of Colombia’s Extraordinary Peace Process 
September 29, 2016
BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet weighs in on Colombia’s peace process. It is the first peace accord in Latin America that has not ended in amnesty, striking a new balance between peace and justice. “In a world dominated by horrific forever wars, Colombia’s agreement with the Farc guerrilla movement stands out as an extraordinary moment for this country, and a rare affirmation of the power of peace talks.”

US Military is Building a $100 Million Drone Base in Africa
September 29, 2016
US military documents reveal new information about an American drone base under construction on the outskirts of Agadez, Niger. The project is considered the most important military construction effort in Africa and is expected to cost $100 million. “The base is the latest sign, experts say, of an ever-increasing emphasis on counterterror operations in the north and west of the continent”

US Drone Strike Kills 15 Civilians in Afghanistan, United Nations Says
September 30, 2016
At least 15 civilians were killed and 13 wounded in a US unmanned aircraft strike in eastern Afghanistan, the United Nations said, calling for an independent investigation into the incident.

Somalia Says US Air Strike Killed Civilians not al-Shabab
September 29, 2016
A Somali regional government official has demanded an explanation from the US after 22 civilians and Somali soldiers were reportedly killed in an airstrike. Washington says the strike killed nine al-Shabab militants, but that it was investigating.